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Videogame (2006; vt Pestilence: The Utopia in Russia). Ice-Pick Lodge. Designed by Nikolay Dybowskiy. Platforms: Win. / While Pathologic's gameplay resembles that seen in examples of the Survival Horror form, it is perhaps better described as a slow-paced action Adventure, viewed from a first person perspective. The majority of the player's time is spent exploring the game's urban environment, interacting with its inhabitants, and searching for scarce (and often desperately needed) ...

Kahn, Gustave

(1859-1936) French art critic and author, an important member of the Symbolist Movement, his colleagues including Henri de Régnier as well as more famous figures like Stéphane Mallarmé (1842-1898). His extravagantly couched Symbolist novel, Le Conte de l'Or et du Silence (first six chapters 1896 La Societé Nouvelle; 1898; trans Brian Stableford as The Tale of Gold and Silence 2011) could easily be understood, had it appeared a century later, as a central example of ...

Famous Science Fiction

US Digest-size magazine, nine issues, Winter 1966 to Spring 1969. One of the reprint magazines edited by Robert A W Lowndes for Health Knowledge Inc, it used material from the Pulp magazines of the 1930s plus 16 original short stories including ones by Miriam Allen deFord, Philip K Dick, William F Temple and the first story by Greg D Bear, "Destroyers" (Winter 1966/67), which has not been reprinted. The most notable of its reprints was Laurence Manning's The Man Who Awoke series (stories ...

Star Control

Videogame series (from 1990). Toys For Bob (TFB). / Star Control (1990 TFB, Amiga, Amstrad, DOS; 1991 C64, MegaDrive, Spectrum) designed by Fred Ford, Paul Reiche III is a Computer Wargame set during an interstellar war between the Alliance of Free Stars and the Hierarchy of Battle Thralls. The titular Star Control is the military arm of Earth's United Nations, a member of the Alliance. The game features a wide variety of ship designs with varied abilities which are nevertheless well ...

Deep Blue Sea

Film (1999). Warner Bros Pictures presents in association with Village Roadshow Pictures-Groucho III Film Partnership an Alan Richie-Tony Ludwig/Akiva Goldsman production. Directed by Renny Harlin. Written by Duncan Kennedy, Donna Powers and Wayne Powers. Cast includes Saffron Burrows, LL Cool J, Thomas Jane, Samuel L Jackson, Jacqueline McKenzie and Stellan Skarsgård. 105 minutes. Colour. / A trio of sharks Genetically Engineered with human brain tissue attack the Scientists at an ...

Langford, David

(1953-    ) UK author, critic, editor, publisher and sf fan, in the latter capacity recipient of 21 Hugo awards for fan writing – some of the best of his several hundred pieces are assembled as Let's Hear It for the Deaf Man (coll 1992 chap US; much exp vt The Silence of the Langford 1996; exp 2015 ebook) as Dave Langford, edited by Ben Yalow – plus five Best Fanzine Hugos and one Semiprozine Hugo for his self-produced news magazine, Ansible (which see). His one ...

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